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Jug and Jellybean are on the Run from the Coopers in this Early Preview of Jughead: The Hunger #7!

JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #7

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
Variant Covers: Tyler Boss, Michael Walsh and Josh Hixson
On Sale Date: 7/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

While Jughead confronts Reggie and his pack, the Coopers are done fooling around and send in the big guns for Jug. Will he—and his sister Jellybean—survive the chaos? Plus, a member of the Riverdale gang makes a startling decision that will change EVERYTHING!

Preview: Betty & Veronica: Vixens #7

BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS #7

Script: Jamie Lee Rotante
Art: Jen Vaughn, Elaina Unger, Matt Herms, Rachel Deering
Cover: Jen Vaughn
Variant Covers: Sanya Anwar, Audrey Mok
On Sale Date: 6/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

NEW STORY ARC! “Hunted,” Pt 2: The Vixens encounter a rival gang—but are these formidable foes or potential new members? Meanwhile, the girls struggle with trusting their new behind-the-scenes leader.

Preview: The Archies Vol. 1

The Archies Vol. 1

Script: Alex Segura, Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
978-1-68255-893-5
$17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/30

The rockin’ debut featuring the battle of friendship vs. fame, with a few special guests along the way! Follow Archie’s quest to make his songwriting dreams a reality, and see how the rock ‘n’ roll dream effects the lives of the band! Features a special cameo from indie-pop trio CHVRCHES! Collects The Archies one-shot and issues #1 – #3 of the ongoing series.

Preview: Jughead: The Hunger #6

Jughead: The Hunger #6

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 5/30
32-page, full-color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The history of werewolves in the Jones family runs deep—but does that include Jughead’s little sister Jellybean as well? It’s a question good ol’ Jug must answer before the Coopers or Reggie’s new Pack get to her first!

Preview: Cosmo #5 (of 5)

COSMO #5 (of 5)

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Matt Herms, Evan Stanley, Mauro Fonseca, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
Variant Covers: Game Box Art, Retro Art
On Sale Date: 5/23
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Cosmo puts on his game face for an all-new adventure! When an unexpected detour lands Cosmo inside an arcade machine, the mighty Martian will need more than wits to level up and conquer the cabinet of digital demons!

Review: The Archies #7

Unfortunately, The Archies’ U.S. tour and status as an actual band comes to an end in The Archies #7 where writers Matthew Rosenberg and Alex Segura, artist Joe Eisma, and colorist Matt Herms have them participate in a difficult battle of the bands against the world famous Josie and the Pussycats at the Hollywood Bowl. Rosenberg and Segura’s writing crackles with self-awareness beginning with starting the comic with Reggie doing a fourth wall breaking monologue/recap instead of Archie. Reggie is more of a straight shooter than the optimistic, messiah complex sporting Mr. Andrews and realizes how many chances the band has squandered throughout the series. (i.e. all the band cameos from Blondie, CHVRCHES, Tegan and Sara, and even the Monkees.) However, The Archies do rock individually, but not as a unit, which is their fatal flaw and plays a big role in the conclusion of the series plot.

Even if The Archies get dunked on by Josie and the Pussycats, Eisma and Herms show that they have an enthusiasm and energy to match their power pop sound beginning with the title page. Betty’s hair is flipping everywhere, Archie is being super earnest, Veronica is being cool as hell on keyboards and backup vocals, and even Reggie looks like he cares about hitting his bass notes. When The Archies are actually playing music, they’re pretty fantastic, but the whole interacting after the gig part is not a strong suit for them as is made evident throughout the series and even how they “break up” and react to each other after the battle of the band results. And I like how Rosenberg, Segura, and Eisma play with the slice of life fantasy nature of most Archie comics during the judging stages with long pauses and nice comments to build a little suspense that the band will pull an alternate ending of Rocky and Rocky Balboa. But they don’t, and the story is better for it.

In context of the story of The Archies #7, it makes sense that Eisma draws Josie and the Pussycats like icons with big panels and stage patter plus a little of that salt of the Earth Riverdale humor to keep them relatable. Herms floods their panels with light to show that this is a band that plays stadiums and big arenas while The Archies can barely keep the local dive bar entertained. It reminded me a little bit of the way that David Mazzucchelli drew the Avengers in Daredevil: Born Again, all larger than life while Daredevil is barely able to protect his one neighborhood. And, of course, this unwinnable duel leads to the final bit of band drama, which has been the recurring theme of the series with Jughead and Veronica butting heads. Veronica even does a little bit of upward mobility and joins the Pussycats as a keyboard player in a nice nod to her appearances wearing the cat ears in Riverdale.

Even though their continued success (The fact that they got Blondie to produce their debut EP for one.) is something straight out of a cheesy feel good TV movie, Matthew Rosenberg, Alex Segura, and Joe Eisma spend The Archies #7 deconstructing underdog narratives while still have plenty of rock out splash pages. There are not nice results to The Archies’ in-fighting, and that’s solo careers even though Rosenberg, Segura, and Eisma do leave the door open for future creative teams to explore The Archies’ career as they mature a little bit. (Who am I kidding? The Archie gang will be in high school forever.)

With stunning visuals, actual consequences, and a bittersweet, yet earned ending, The Archies #7 is one heck of a curtain call for this sadly short lived series.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg and Alex Segura Art: Joe Eisma Colors: Matt Herms Letters: Jack Morelli
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Archies #7

The Archies #7

Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Covers: Cliff Chiang, Fiona Staples
On Sale Date: 5/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

This is it! The band has reached the end of their tour. Are they ready to play the show Veronica booked for them way back in THE ARCHIES #1? Have they learned enough to open up for JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS? The hard rockin’ conclusion to the beloved rock ‘n’ roll comic is here! FINAL ISSUE

Jellybean grapples with the werewolf curse in this early preview of Jughead: The Hunger #6!

JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #6

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 5/30
32-page, full-color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The history of werewolves in the Jones family runs deep—but does that include Jughead’s little sister Jellybean as well? It’s a question good ol’ Jug must answer before the Coopers or Reggie’s new Pack get to her first!

Sonic the Hedgehog #4 Sells Out

IDW Publishing and SEGA of America have announced that Sonic The Hedgehog #4 has sold through its first printing. The swift sell-out of Sonic The Hedgehog #4 continues the momentum marked by the sell-out of issue #1’s first and second printings, as well as the first printings of Sonic #2 and #3. To meet the demand of fans and retailers, IDW will release a second printing of Sonic The Hedgehog #4 on May 30th with a brand-new cover highlighting the newly-introduced character Tangle the Lemur.

The second printing of issue #4 will feature a cover by artist Evan Stanley and colorist Matt Herms. Tangle, the newest female heroic character, and the first-ever ring-tailed lemur in Sonic Universe, shares the cover with the beloved hedgehog hero. Tangle’s first appearance takes place in this very issue, joining Sonic and Blaze the Cat as they race to save a town under attack from the evil Dr. Eggman’s Badnik army.

For fans eager to acquire the first four issues of Sonic The Hedgehog in one fell swoop, IDW has solicited the Sonic The Hedgehog #1-4 Box Set for release in June. This exclusive collector’s edition comes with five rare variants of Sonic The Hedgehog: a sketch variant of issue #1, plus virgin cover variants of the Tyson Hesse covers from issues #1-4, so that fans can place the four connecting covers together to see one perfect image.

Cosmo is trapped in a video game in this early preview of Cosmo #5!

COSMO #5 (of 5)

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Evan Stanley, Mauro Fonseca, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
Variant Covers: Game Box Art, Retro Art
On Sale Date: 5/23
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Cosmo puts on his game face for an all-new adventure! When an unexpected detour lands Cosmo inside an arcade machine, the mighty Martian will need more than wits to level up and conquer the cabinet of digital demons!

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